Posts by Joe Wylie

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  • Hard News: Haphazardly to war,

    Key’s combination of minimal military commitment and maxed-out bluster really does seem to be channeling the ghost of Vietnam-era Keith Holyoake. Despite a visit from LBJ, Holyoake’s troop contribution was minuscule compared to Harold Holt’s shameless “all the way with LBJ” emulation of the US war effort, complete with Australian conscripts sent into combat.

    Despite Key’s intemperate blurt at Little’s lack of enthusiasm for the coming offal-toss, he’s showing no sign of making the kind of impulsive captain’s call that Muldoon apparently did off his own bat during the Falklands War, when he offered a frigate to relieve a Royal Navy vessel for combat duties.

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  • Speaker: Women, science and superheroes, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    I've been dragging Muybridge's human and animal meisterworks around with me for years, and they still put me in mind of that godawful Scott McKenzie song, people in motion, people in motion...

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  • Speaker: Women, science and superheroes, in reply to steven crawford,

    Art, meet Sience. Sience, say hello to Art.

    Eadweard Muybridge, whose work that happens to be, never claimed to be an artist. He was the world’s first – and last – self-styled zoopraxicographer. The invention of the cinema killed off the new science he claimed to pioneer.

    His motion studies have long served as reference, often used far too slavishly, by animators. Because his frame-by-frame flying cockatoo study was much clearer than his blurry attempts with pigeons, most cartoon birds flap like cockatoos.

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  • Hard News: Masters of Reality,

    I bet John Key works out on one of these contraptions. Mike Hosking too. Somehow I doubt it would work for Andrew Little.

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  • Hard News: When the fast track seems a…, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    Are we talking about this fruitfly
    If we are then it makes it all the more scary

    Right on. Git dahn.

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  • Speaker: Stuck inside the Great Disruption, in reply to Stephen Judd,

    but oddly, The Press have taken the article down.

    There's been a bit of that. A couple of ill-judged puff-pieces presumably intended to support Roger Sutton in his hour of need suddenly vanished once the stink had wafted to the editorial levels.

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  • Speaker: Stuck inside the Great Disruption,

    This week they put the uber-coloniser John Godley back on his plinth in Cathedral Square, where he can glare at the acrimonious pigeon roost formerly known as Christ Church Cathedral.

    Described by the even more odious Walter D'Arcy Cresswell in his mostly deservedly forgotten From Lyttelton Harbour as the "founder foundering in his pot of tar".

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  • Capture: The Colour Of Spring, in reply to Hebe,

    I couldn’t reconcile the little horrors being chosen to sit in a prime spot with the most powerful man in New Zealand. Had thought he might have sculptures or summat.

    This is the guy who, after being criticised at a Commonwealth heads of state shindy for fostering sporting contacts with South Africa, boasted of having told the President of Nigeria to see a taxidermist. I had no idea that he’d been doing so himself.

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  • Hard News: When the fast track seems a…, in reply to 81stcolumn,

    Imagine what one might choose to shoot at (for fun) in Wellington?

    According to David Grant's The Mighty Totara: The Life and Times of Norman Kirk, Big Norm enjoyed shooting pigeons with an air pistol from his parliamentary office.

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  • Hard News: Masters of Reality, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    who would they like to put up and is he a better choice that Shearer?

    I believe they had Metiria Turei in mind. $2000 jacket vs $50,000 forgotten bank account.

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